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Book review: Art Now Volume 3

If you're quite secure in the fact that you're never going to be a celebrated artist, then you will probably enjoy investigating the biographies, exhibition histories and works of artists from a diverse range of disciplines.

Art Now Vol. 3


Edited by Hans Werner Holzwarth

Taschen, $29.99

If you've ever visited the Jealous Curator blog, you'll know how I'm feeling right now. Featuring recent works of 73 of today's most exciting artists, this book has unleashed the green-eyed monster in me and I have to fight the urge to swap my day job for a box of oil paints and some bare walls.

If you're quite secure in the fact that you're never going to be a celebrated fine artist, then you will probably enjoy investigating the biographies, exhibition histories and works of artists from a diverse range of disciplines.

Highlights include the delicately beautiful crystal installations of Ai Weiwei; the monumental, hyper-real sculptures of Ron Mueck; Marcel Dzama's detailed fairytalesque dioramas and the dizzying photomanipulations of Andreas Gursky.

The mandate of this book is “a cutting-edge selection of the artists that matter the most”, and before you worry that you're too out of touch with the art world, rest assured Taschen has included recent works from familiar big-hitters such as Banksy, Damien Hirst and Cindy Sherman.

A glossary is included so you can tell your situationism from your actionism, and if you want to sound super clever at your next dinner party, memorise one of the quotes included with each artist. A handy volume for those who want to feel in the art-loop.